Bartlet blocked second base with his leg, which is frowned upon. So coco slide into second hard next time he was on base. So the Rays plunked him. So he charged the mound. Coco isn't blameless for the brawl, but neither are the Rays. And who was really hurt the most by this brawl? Crisp is going to be suspended, but so are the Ray's second best starter, their best hitter, their DH, and maybe their second baseman. Maybe Crisp overreacted by charging the mound, but if Madden hadn't told his pitcher to plunk him, or if the Rays had simply pulled Crisp off Shields then they wouldn't be facing suspensions.
"I do not think baseball of today is any better than it was 30 years ago... I still think Radbourne is the greatest of the pitchers." John Sullivan 1914-Old athletes never change.